This street located 15 minutes on foot from Kaminari-mon Gate in Asakusa is packed with all manner of kitchen gadgets both for professional and amateur chefs. The 800m-long arcade has about 170 stores that sell tableware, pots, confectionary making machines, food materials and all. You will definitely come across a favorite for your long-term use. Check out plastic food samples that look amazingly real to stimulate your appetite.
The origin of the street name goes back to an old practice that raincoats (kappa) were once hung over the bridge (bashi) to dry out. There is also a legend that a merchant had a prosperous business after catching glimpses of a legendary creature 'kappa' in the river. You will find a number of kappa statues along this street.
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5.02 months ago
Nice selection of professional kitchen knives- even for home cooking if you like extravaganza. The seller indicated the origin of the product, but I was not sure if buying directly would be more affordable. Many stores are representing tradition kept for generations and look like family business. I wish they had a delivery and online ordering, but that is not a face-to-face transaction. Of course you have to pay cash. See the Lawson or 7-eleven to get some from the ATM.
4.0a month ago
Walking down this shopping street that sells all kinds of restaurant and kitchen stuff is an interesting experience, although my aunt felt that overall prices were a bit steep.
The life-like food displays were pretty cool though. I saw that we could take lessons in making our own uncannily-real food here, which sparks an idea for my upcoming food heritage gallery.
5.02 months ago
Simply love the kitchenware that are on sale along the entire street. we spent the entire afternoon just going wow, wow, wow at every shop. For knife lovers, you will be surprised at the amazing quality and variety that they carry. Psst.. even chefs also come here to stock up and upgrade their wares...
5.02 months ago
I'm biased as I love cooking at home. This is a really good place to get stuff for the kitchen that is the same as what they use in restaurants. I'm talking about giant chopping boards, the metal meal prep trays, the square plastic storage containers etc. I also like checking the shops here for utensils and baking equipment. There are a few baking specialty stores with all types of cake, bread, muffin tins and cookie cutters etc. The selection of pots and pans is also great. I also recommend this place if you're into food photography for the display props that restaurants normally use. Sure, you could use Amazon, but you get to physically check these things and make sure you get what you need! Actually this street is famous for the plastic food for restaurant displays but I just prefer looking at the actual equipment!
4.02 weeks ago
A wonderful shopping street for cooks and food lovers. Some shops are oriented towards local restaurants and professionals, so you may find some of them to be useless to you (eg there was a store selling "Open" signs, etc), but there is still enough to see/buy for the average home cook. Would recommend.